PHOTO EXCLUSIVE: A Two-Show Day With The Fantasticks' "El Gallo" Edward Watts
By Matthew Blank
Ever wonder about the routine of a professional actor on one of those grueling two-performance days? Edward Watts, currently starring as El Gallo in the Off-Broadway revival of The Fantasticks, offers Playbill.com readers an exclusive look at a recent two-show day, from morning wakeup to final journey home.
Armed with a digital camera, he provides a close-up look at morning workout, backstage antics with fellow cast members and a particular heated NFL rivalry playing out in the Green Room.
The Fantasticks also stars Aaron Carter, Matt Leisy (Ghostlight), Bill Bateman (Gypsy, Hello, Dolly!), Matt Dengler (A Little Night Music), MacIntyre Dixon (Beauty and the Beast, Prelude to a Kiss), Tom Flagg (Will Rogers Follies, Oklahoma!), Addi McDaniel, Michael Nostrand (The Mystery of Edwin Drood), Dan Sharkey (The Music Man, Show Boat), Juliette Trafton (Phantom of the Opera) and Charles West (Show Boat, Cyrano the Musical).
The Fantasticks is the world's longest-running musical, having played a record-breaking run of more than 17,000 performances in Greenwich Village. Harvey Schmidt wrote the music, and Jones penned the book and lyrics.
The Fantasticks originally opened at the Sullivan Street Playhouse in May 1960 and closed Jan. 13, 2002. The original company included Wedding Singer star Rita Gardner and the late Jerry Orbach.
Book writer and lyricist Tom Jones staged the revival of The Fantasticks, which has choreography by Janet Watson. Terzetto LLC, Pat Flicker Addiss and MARS Theatricals (Amy Danis and Mark Johannes) produce.
The Fantasticks resumed performances Off-Broadway at the Snapple Theater Center's Jerry Orbach Theater June 16, 2008.
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